A Little Light Reading
Trace, by Patricia Cornwell; p. 41 (of 401)
The World Turned Upside Down, edited by David Drake, Eric Flint and Jim Baen; p. 36 (of 743)
The Command, by David Poyer; p. 313 (of 445)
The Secret History of the Iraq War, by Yossef Bodansky; 570 pp.
Bran Mak Morn. The Last King, by Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan (R) ); 367 pp.
The Unknown Soldier, by Gerald Seymour; 400 pp.
I recently finished:
The Interrogators, by "Chris Mackay" and Greg Miller; 483 pp. I found this book to be a fascinating memoir of human intelligence collection/interrogation operations during the early phases of the Afghan campaign of the GWOT. Sgt. "Mackay", using psuedonymns, gives realistic and human portrayals of the actors involved, both on our side and the other. I would note that I recognized, both from photos and narrative, two of Sgt. "Mackay's" fellow interrogators from our mutual service in OIF1, both of them fine human beings and consummate military intelligence professionals.
The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. Having recently seen the latest film version at an English-language cinema, I finally got around to reading this literary classic of early science fiction.
Dance of Death, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child; 451 pp. Another volume in an interrelated series of books by the authors, at least one of which was made into a grisly film epic set in a major New York City Museum. Suspension of belief is critical, but it's still a nice read.
CI: Team Red, by David DeBatto and Pete Nelson; 452 pp. I don't think that I actually met Sgt. DeBatto in person, although it's indeed possible, during our mutual presences at LSA Anaconda (Balad air base), but several of my colleagues remember him. The book begins as a relatively realistic portrayal of tactical humint team (THT) operations, except that the team portrayed is better equipped than those operating at that time and place. Later events in the narrative, such as HALO-jumping into Iran, go a bit into the realm of unbelievability, but then it's thriller fiction after all. A nice read. Sgt. DeBatto has a nice straight-forwardly self-promotional web site at: http://www.davedebatto.com/.
Next on deck will be:
An American Spy, by Christpher Hyde; 390 pp.
Back on the Shelf:
Sharpe's Escape, by Bernard Cornwell; 461 pp. Holy Blood, Holy Grail, by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln; 489 pp. The Sharpe series is a lot of fun for those who enjoy historical fiction. They appear to be nicely researched.